CONSIDER BOOKING A TRAVEL CONSULTATION 6 OR MORE WEEKS PRIOR TO TRAVELING TO ALLOW ADEQUATE TIME TO RECEIVE THE APPROPRIATE VACCINES AND MEDICATIONS.
SOME PEOPLE TRAVELING TO COLOMBIA SHOULD CONSIDER BEING VACCINATED FOR THE FOLLOWING:
Malaria – risk for malaria in parts of Columbia. Consider chemoprophylaxis if traveling to a malaria zone. Chemoprophylaxis consists of tablets or capsules to be taken daily before, during, and after your stay.
Yellow Fever – vaccination for yellow fever is not required for entry into Columbia, however there is a risk for developing yellow fever in Columbia. Vaccination is recommended for people over the age of 9 months and traveling to areas of Columbia where there are mosquitoes carrying the yellow fever virus.
Rabies – vaccination should be considered in travelers planning to work with animals, in those spending a long period of time in Colombia, people going to rural areas, and for children as they are less likely to report that they have been bitten or scratched by an animal. Vaccination for rabies requires 3 injections followed by 1 booster if needed for future travel.
Most people traveling to Colombia should consider being vaccinated for the following:
Hepatitis A – 2 or 3 injections required
Hepatitis B – 3 injections usually required
Typhoid – 1 injection or 4 capsules required
Travelers should be up to date with routine vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles-mumps-rubella, polio, chickenpox (if applicable) and influenza before traveling
Non-vaccinable diseases to consider:
Dengue – follow mosquito bite avoidance measures as no vaccine is currently available
Chikungunya – follow mosquito bite avoidance measures as no vaccine is currently available